I am a Research Biologist at the National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS in Ames, Iowa. I am interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. I use tools from network theory and phylogenetics to: 1) explain how interaction networks affect the transmission of animal pathogens; 2) develop computational methods for understanding the diversity of highly variable RNA viruses and design effective vaccines; and 3) characterize the influence of genetic diversity on infectious disease dynamics. I address these questions using pathogens infecting swine (e.g., influenza A and Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus).
As a USDA-ARS federal employee, my role in the BCB program for graduate student training can include co-major advisor, POS committee members, and rotation mentor. I can give invited guest lectures for courses and/or seminar series and collaborate with BCB faculty on mutually beneficial research.